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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Indonesia : Drastic drop in bird flu cases this year

Via Jakarta Post :

" Bird flu cases have dropped by more than 50 percent this year but people are warned to stay alert since the virus is still a threat to poultry, a health official says.

Health Ministry Director General for Disease Control and Environmental Health, Tjandra Yoga Aditama, said that the number of avian or bird flu fatalities among humans in Indonesia this year had dropped compared to last year.

“One or two cases have been detected a few months ago,” he said after taking part in the Global Handwashing Day campaign, attended by some 1,000 elementary school students, in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung on Friday.

Ministry data recorded that between Jan. 1 to Dec. 28 last year, 20 H5N1 bird flu cases were
recorded, causing 19 deaths.

Between 2005 and 2010, the ministry recorded 166 cases of humans catching bird flu, of whom 137 died.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of deaths due to the H5N1 virus in Indonesia decreased steadily from 45 in 2006, to 37 in 2007 and to 19 in 2009.

Tjandra said bird flu cases across the world have dropped drastically although several countries, such as Indonesia and Egypt, still report some infections.

Meanwhile the WHO itself announced a month ago that the H1N1 swine flu pandemic has passed, he added.

Tjandra said that in the country, only cases of poultry-to-human infections of the H5N1 virus had been recorded so far, and no human-to-human transmission."

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